Actress Deepika Padukone on Tuesday joined protests at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus that was being held against the violence unleashed by masked goons in the varsity on Sunday. Padukone, who joined protesters at the Sabarmati Hostel late Tuesday evening, expressed solidarity with the students and teachers. Deepika was wearing a black high-neck with a black overcoat. Deepika met JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, who suffered head injuries in the three-hour Sunday mayhem. Former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was also present at the protest site.
Deepika Padukone's presence at the JNU Campus protest comes a day after Bollywood directors Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bhardwaj Anubha Sinha, Zoya Akhtar, actors Taapsee Pannu, Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal staged a sit-in protest at Mumbai's iconic Gateway of India. Deepika was seen meeting and talking to the people gathered at the site.
Protests erupted on university campuses across the country after masked goons entered the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University on Sunday evening, in an unprecedented act that resulted in at least 28 students and teachers being injured.
The violence, which has been claimed by a fringe group Hindu Raksha Dal, has triggered nationwide outrage, with many prominent businessmen and celebrities calling for action against the perpetrators.
Moments after Deepika Padukone joined protest at the JNU campus, twitter users reacted.
"Kudos @deepikapadukone," @arunrajpaul tweeted.
"Actor #DeepikaPadukone in #JNU to support the students who were attacked yesterday. Even if this was during the publicity round of her film, it's a big statement. It's a statement against the central government and Delhi Police who have been silent over the perpetrators," another Suresh Mathew, who has a verified handle, tweeted.
However, some Twitter users also called Deepika Padukone's appearance at JNU Campus as a "publicity stunt".
"If life ever makes you bollywood actress be kangana not Deepika Padukone," a user tweeted.
Meanwhile, if you have missed the moment when Deepika Padukone joined JNU Protest, here's a glimpse.